On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 22

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Elvis Presley begins filming "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1964 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1
  • 1966 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • 1969 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1987 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1993 "In the Summer House" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 25 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1530 Bartolomeo Spontone, Italian composer and singer, born in Bologna (d. 1592)
  • 1615 Christopher Gibbons, English composer, born in London (d. 1676)
  • 1681 Pierre Danican Philidor, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • 1753 Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Dutch-German composer, born in Bad Salzungen, Germany (d. 1826)
  • 1766 Joseph-Denis Doche, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • 1771 Ján Josef Rösler, Czech composer, born in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia (d. 1813)
  • 1827 Edouard Silas, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1909)
  • 1847 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1935)

Person of interestClaude Debussy

1862 Claude Debussy, French composer (La Mer; Clair de lune), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1918)

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • 1873 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1935)
  • 1874 Edward Bairstow, English composer, born in Trinity Street, Huddersfield, England (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Paul Taylor White, composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1964)
  • 1913 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1987)
  • 1917 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Andrzej Markowski, Polish composer, born in Lblin, Poland (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Aleksandar Obradovic, Serbian composer, born in Bled, Slovenia (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, born in Mödrath, Kerpen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1934 John Chowning, American composer (Turenas), born in Salem, New Jersey
  • 1936 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1937 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1938 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Candido Lima, Portuguese composer, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • 1945 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies - "Sugar, Sugar"), and producer (Barry Manilow), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1947 Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead, 1972-79), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1951 Teresa Davis, American soul singer (The Emotions), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), born in Bay Village, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1955 Chiranjeevi [Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad], Telugu film actor, dancer and producer, born in Mogalthur, India
  • 1957 Holly Dunn, American country singer (Daddy's Hands), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1958 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers), born in Downpatrick, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Vernon Reid, English-born American musician (Living Colour), born in London
  • 1959 Juan Croucier, Cuban-born American heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 1961 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Roland Orzabal, English musician and rock vocalist (Tears for Fears - "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1962 James Debarge, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Debarge - "Rhythm Of The Night"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1963 Tori Amos [Myra Ellen Amos], American pianist and vocalist (Under The Pink), born in Newton, North Carolina
  • 1966 Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • 1966 GZA [Gary Grice], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), born in Kirkland, Washington (d. 2002)
  • 1967 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1968 Paul Colman, British-Australian guitarist (Newsboys, 2006-09), born in London
  • 1973 Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way"), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1974 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist (Le Vibrazioni), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1978 Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1995 Dua Lipa, English singer-songwriter (New Rules), born in London, England

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1968 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultery

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Deaths in Music

  • 1599 Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c. 1553)
  • 1831 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1879 Friedrich August Kummer, composer, dies at 82
  • 1893 Ernst II, duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, dies at 75 (b. 1818)
  • 1901 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, dies at 83
  • 1942 Henry Eichheim, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1970 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • 1976 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63
  • 1979 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1984 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1990 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • 1992 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), dies at 78
  • 1996 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • 2006 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2011 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), dies at 78
  • 2011 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • 2013 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, dies at 62
  • 2016 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, dies at 94
  • 2017 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2018 Edward "Ed" King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68